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Bill Watson

Bill Watson

Test Manager, BBC


My first foray into software came with a Dragon 32 computer in the early 1980s. Having a computer with a less than popular OS meant adapting programmes from a ZX Spectrum magazine and lengthy debugging sessions! After diversions into a number of non-tech fields, I returned to the fold and now have two decades experience in the IT industry. I’ve worked in both contract and permanent roles in Europe and Africa ranging in scale from multinationals, to being the first tester in the door at small companies. I’m currently a Test Manager in the BBC, testing outsourced IT projects.

The Dark Arts of UAT
In this session I will look at an area of testing that isn’t always visible to the wider testing world, User Acceptance Testing (UAT). Even if you don’t run UAT yourself if you deliver software to external clients the chances are they will be running UAT on your system. In this talk I’ll look at what UAT is, why we conduct it, when it’s run and by whom and why it’s important.